DISABILITY - SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
Promoting the participation and inclusion of people with disability in social and community life is a guiding principle within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and a key policy within the Council of Australian Governments' National Disability Strategy 2012-2020.
The SDAC measures a person’s involvement in a range of social, community and civic activities within and away from their home, including interaction with family and friends, attendance at cultural and sporting events and participation in special interest groups. Generally, the 2012 survey showed that while most people with disability had participated in at least one activity away from the home in the last 12 months, rates of participation in some of these activities were lower among those with a profound or severe core activity limitation. For instance, compared with people with a moderate or mild disability, people with a profound or severe disability aged 15 to 64 years were less likely to have participated in physical activities for sport (35% compared with 49%), attended a movie or performing arts event (42% compared with 50%), or attended a sporting event as a spectator (22% compared with 30%). (Table 21)
Participation in social, community and civic activities also decreased with age for people with disability, with a third (34%) of people aged 65 years and over reporting that they had not participated in any of the social or cultural activities asked about, away from their home in the last 12 months. This increased to half (51%) of older people who had a profound or severe core activity limitation. (Table 21)